Jesus our Advocate

"There is no arbiter between us, who might lay his hand on us both.  Let him take his rod away from me, and let not dread of him terrify me.   Then I would speak without fear of him, for I am not so in myself. 

Job 9:33–35

In light of who God is and who we are, we are immediately confronted with a dilemma.  Since God is all-powerful, holy, and transcendent and Spirit, how can we as sinners and mere mortals go to Him.  Job recognized this problem when he proclaimed in Job 9:33, “there is no arbiter between us.”  If there were, Job continued, “I would be able to speak without fear of Him, but I cannot in and of myself.”


In I John 2:1 we read this beautiful verse, “My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin, but if anyone does sin we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous One.”  When Christ, God Himself became man and then went to the cross to pay for our sin, He became for us an advocate before God the Father who judges.  And now through Jesus our Savior we can stand before God knowing that Jesus Christ tour advocate and righteous One goes before me.


In Hebrews 4:15-166, we are told that “since Jesus went through the heavens as our High Priest, we can now hold on to the faith we profess…  we can confidently go before His throne in prayer and find the grace and mercy to help us in our time of need.”   This is good news when we look at our weakness, sin and our troubled lives here on earth. 


Job would receive from God an assurance of Christ to come when later in Job 19:25-27 he gives us a fresh perspective, “I know my redeemer lives and in the e3nd He will stand on earth, even after my flesh or skin is destroyed, yet I will see God… with my own eyes.”   Let us give thanks and rejoice that we have the assurance that Christ stands as an advocate and arbiter on our behalf that in our suffering and struggle with have the confidence that God hears and will “lift us up in due time.”  (I Peter 5:6)